Wednesday, March 02, 2016

What the Donald Trump Candidacy Is Really About

I seldom wade into politics here, but this is an unusual election cycle in the US, to say the least. The Republican front-runner is a businessman and pop culture figure who has never been elected to public office and is largely known for loudmouth bluster. His candidacy is based on vague promises to "make America great again," build a wall on the Mexican border and deport all illegal immigrants en masse, and "take out" ISIS leaders and their families — a war crime. His supporters seem to like him because he "tells it like it is" and because his wealth seemingly insulates him from corporate interests. The logic appears to be that since he's admittedly been on the giving side of political corruption, he is in no danger of being on the receiving side.

How did we get here?